Happy Father’s Day: Saluting TV Dads
Every day was filled with adventure for Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” Bill Cosby played a doctor and father of four on the critically acclaimed show, living in a Brooklyn brownstone with his beautiful wife Claire. The Philadelphia native is known as a man of many words with stories told over and over. He gave his kids advice when they didn’t want to hear it and shared laughs with them all the time. We salute you Cosby, even in the rain.
Uncle Phil was the man that never held his tongue. Raising four kids and a nephew from Philly wasn’t easy, but he took the job seriously. He helped the kids through good times and even emotionally hard ones. Uncle Phil taught us that you don’t have to be someone’s real father to raise them.
The no-filter, slick-talking, father of two shoe-sales man showed us that being happy in life wasn’t everything. Al Bundy didn’t care who you were and getting on his bad side was the last thing you wanted to do. Bundy’s carefree attitude made him the father we loved to watch on television.
Homer Simpson is one of our favorite cartoon dads that loves donuts and sleeping on the job. Although Homer drinks, is kind of lazy, and can be mean at times, he is the main provider for his family. His laid back dad attitude and humor has made us stay in love with him for years.
Even though his best friend is a talking dog, Peter Griffin never leaves us disappointed in any episode. His three kids, including his intelligent toddler son Stewie, is always scheming and plotting on how to raise hell in the household. Like most fathers, Peter Griffin tries to smile, laugh or embarrass his kids through it all.
Phil Dunphy, the real-estate agent, father of three, always labels himself the “cool dad.” He is very down to earth and loves competition, but hates to lose. Phil always finds himself in weird positions or conversations and somehow gets out of it sometimes. We salute this cool and funny dad of “Modern Family.”
A widower raising three girls with his best friend and brother-in-law sometimes can be a full house. Danny Tanner was Mr. Neat Freak, an understanding father and one of the nicest men you will meet in San Fransico. Tanner found out early on it was hard bringing up three girls that will someday become women. Through each season he made the job as father look too easy.
The Mr. Know It All of tools, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor was not only a father of three boys, but played a special role on television. Portrayed as Mr. Fix It, Tim was accident prone on his show “Tool Time.” At home he could be a chovanist pig to his wife Jill sometimes, but made it up to her with love.
This father was hard a working man that understood the meaning of life in so many words. Raising three children in the 60s and 70s wasn’t easy for Jack Arnold on “The Wonder Years.” He was rarely full of joy, but his life lessons meant a lot to us watching.
A stay-at-home psychiatrist father raising three children in Long Island, Dr. Jason Seaver was no stranger to the growing pains. Although every child had their own personality they all wound up finding trouble along the way, which made dad always give them a piece of advice.
He moved his family all the way up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. George Jefferson was a father of one and a hardworking man that owned a cleaners store. Mr. Jefferson wasn’t afraid to tell anyone off or give us a one-liner to make us laugh. He had a walk that made everyone stare and his dance moves are unforgettable.
“Steve, go home, go home, go home.” Those were the words we heard Carl Winslow say just about every other episode of “Family Matters.” Carl had a lot of patience in life. On top of dealing with fighting crime all day, he had to come home at night to his lovely wife, three kids, his mother and one annoying neighbor. He held a soft spot in his heart for Steve Urkel, though, and always tried to make him feel welcome even when he didn’t really want to.